December 20, 2017
Hello everyone! Thank you for watching this video. It’s taken us many, many months to edit. Many more than we had expected, but we’re happy to finally be able to share this with you. Allow us to share with you what we think is the most beautiful restaurant in the world, Kyoto Kitcho.
That’s a bold statement to make. We haven’t been to all the restaurants in the world, so how can we know? Well, I’m basing this off of a few signals. Maybe you’ll disagree with me. The first of them is that it’s definitely the most beautiful restaurant we’ve ever been to. And we’ve been to many nice restaurants and have had eaten at a bunch of Michelin starred places. This is the most gorgeous, most luxurious place we’ve ever been to, by far. By far far. Most of the high end restaurants we’ve been to have really nice interiors, but their exteriors are kinda underwhelming. The house here, the garden, the running water, even the fact that it’s in Arashiyama in Kyoto, right by the water, is just something else. There’s a feeling when you walk in here. It’s intimidating. It’s so stunning that it scares you stiff, and I can’t help but think “don’t fuck this up! I don’t know how you’ll fuck it up but don’t!” The air here makes you feel like you’re in the presence of royalty, and the whole time I feel like I snuck into a castle and I’m about the grabbed by the scruff of my neck and escorted out.
We also have friends who are more well-dined than we are, friends who have traveled to many other fancy places around the world, and they said that Kitcho is definitely up there for the most beautiful. It’s subjective, though, of course, and for some this very Japanese aesthetic doesn’t do it for them. But if you’re in the mood for high end Japanese it really doesn’t get any more luxurious than this. Eating at Kitcho is for many a bucket list.
We contemplated another title for this, though, one that more people agree with. If you Google “The Most Expensive Restaurant in the World,” Kyoto Kitcho shows up as #1 right away. So, let me confirm this: holy fuck it’s expensive! It’s the most expensive meal we’ve ever had. I wish we paid for this what we paid for our Super Expensive Melons. Hell, I wish I paid double that. Triple that! The cost of eating the meal we had at Kitcho was 54,000 yen, PER PERSON. And that didn’t include drinks. No, this video wasn’t sponsored. No, this wasn’t a free meal. I hope to GAWD people watch this video with their adblockers turned off. Sweet mercy, we really saved to eat here.
But, and this is a big but, I also don’t think I’ve seen anyone shoot a video like this at Kitcho before. I think we might be the only ones to have had this kind of access, so for us, as creators, I think it’s worth it. This is a video we’re proud of. It was really tough to shoot and edit, but I like the way it looks in the end, and I think I can walk away with a sense of having accomplished something small with this. At least, that’s what I’ll keep telling myself.
We didn’t go into making this video, though, thinking about it being the most expensive restaurant in the world. We didn’t want to focus on that. We really wanted to focus on the beauty of this place, the atmosphere, the service, the food. If you go into the video just thinking about the price, you kinda look at it with your guard up thinking “ain’t no way that’s worth it!” and that filters your appreciation of the place. For most people, eating here won’t be worth the price of admission. For us, Kyoto Kitcho was a profound experience that we’ll never forget, and we got to make a video out of it that we’re really happy with. If you personally don’t get the chance to go to Kyoto Kitcho, I hope that we were able to convey to you a small sense of what it feels like.
The cost of the meal isn’t only based on the service and the building. Kaiseki food is usually expensive. On Wikipedia you’ll see a whole section dedicated to the price of a Kaiseki meal, and it usually ranges from 15,000 yen to 40,000 yen per person. Kitcho is on the higher of high end. We’ve eaten Kaiseki at other places in Kyoto as well, and they also have been steep. The price often depends on the seasonality of the ingredients and how difficult it is to obtain them. All those super expensive fruit videos we’ve done? They’ll be using those kinds of ingredients. We once ate at a place that had caught the only Nodoguro fish of the day. Like, the only one that day. In all of Japan. We were really scared cooking with the Wagyu for our beef skewer video, but Kaiseki chefs cook with ingredients of that caliber all the time. So, hopefully that helps you understand the cost of a meal like this. It’s not just the service, but it’s also the rarity of the ingredients that play a major factor.
On another note, we lost a lot of weight since we ate here, if you can’t tell by now. I hope you can tell. We were at our heaviest here, back in the Spring 2017. Oh gosh. Looking at the footage now is tough for us. Whooooa we let ourselves go.
We’ve got a bunch of pictures from Kitcho, if you feel like looking at more pretty food. Check em out below!